Welcome to Eco Expressions -
where we explore the natural world and
discover the spirit within…
Eco Expressions, LLC has a long history, founded in 2004 in San Diego, CA. Our offerings continue to evolve in its Midwest home in La Crosse, WI since 2010.
In San Diego, I volunteered at a substance abuse recovery center and found the struggling teens were bored. One of the boys was self-mutilating and I wondered if getting them outside would change anything.
We went birdwatching at a local wildlife sanctuary and they dropped their guards immediately. They listened intently to the naturalist and were eager to see the rattlesnake up-close in its natural habitat. The urban teenagers lifted their heads from behind their inner walls, and were awed by nature. They grew calm and patient, just watching birds and making new discoveries about a world they seldom explored. Some had never used binoculars before.
This moment was a catalyst for me, as I witnessed young people who were angry and aching from life’s pitfalls, transform into loving people. Within a year, Eco Expressions was born with the financial help of the Wild Gift organization. In 2004, I was one of five national recipients to receive an environmental leadership award from the Wild Gift, based in Sun Valley, ID.
Learn more about Wild Gift at: https://fellows.wildgift.org/users/jan-wellik
Freelance article by Jan Wellik:
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